Commercial Vessel Compliance

3/24/2015: STCW Gap closing requirements

The National Maritime Center published an announcement regarding the regulatory changes that became effective on March 24, 2014, that require additional training and/or assessments for certain Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping, or STCW, endorsements.

These “gap-closing” requirements must be met by mariners who hold STCW endorsements issued under the previous regulatory requirements. Mariners who submit applications without evidence of meeting gap-closing may have their STCW endorsements limited to “Not valid after 31 Dec 2016”. STCW gap-closing requirements do not affect limitation or retention of national endorsements.

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